Photo courtesy of Wild Crumb Bakery
Nominees for the 2022 James Beard Awards came out, and Yellowstone Country is proud to announce twin sisters Caroline Schweitzer and Lauren Heemstra, owners of Wild Crumb in Bozeman, are nominees for Outstanding Baker. The nomination is a well-deserved nod to their incredible artisan bread and pastries, which we are fortunate to enjoy. But the deliciousness doesn’t stop there; across the region, bakers wake in the wee hours of the morning to prepare fresh goods, and the results are mouth-watering.
Wild Crumb, Artisan Bread, and Pastries, Bozeman
Featuring over a dozen different types of artisan breads plus daily rotators, you’ll have a hard time eating anything but once you try these delicious loaves. Their breakfast pastries are vast, plus cookies, pies, tarts, and flourless desserts make it a challenging selection. Their flourless desserts such as pavlova and panna cotta are terrific for those who enjoy gluten-free treats.
Bear Country Bakery, West Yellowstone
If you’re headed into Yellowstone National Park, a stop at Bear Country Bakery for snacks (or sandwiches!) is a must. If you’re a cinnamon roll fan, get there early because they sell out! If you’re celebrating, their cakes are not only delicious but also artistically decorated, and the cupcakes are divine!
Blue Moon Bakery, Big Sky
Bagel lovers will be thrilled to see the selection of fresh-made bagel breakfast sandwiches. However, if sweet treats are more your thing, they have a great selection of scones, rolls, and croissants. Later in the day, they turn their dough-making skills to gourmet pizza, salads, appetizers, and sandwiches. You could quickly eat all day at this lovely little bakery.
Livingston Community Bakery, Livingston
More than just a bakery, this non-profit organization bakes bread for the local food resource center and other food banks around the region. Their baked goods are delicious, as are their weekly rotating lunch options, including hearty salads, soups, and sandwiches.
Sister’s Gluten-Free Bakery, Belgrade
Gluten-free never looked so good! Made with naked oat flour, these loaves of bread and desserts taste every bit as good as their counterparts with regular flour. They also have dairy-free, vegan, and organic options as well.
Crust and Crumb Bakery, Livingston
Voted the best dessert in Park County four years in a row, Crust and Crumb is a local favorite for early morning biscuits, scones, breakfast sandwiches, and locally roasted coffee. If you’re looking for a leisurely lunch, their salads, sandwiches, and burgers are hearty and delicious.
Bearclaw Bakery, Cooke City
The freshly baked goodies are a real treat in this mountain town, but if you’re headed to the Park or Beartooth Highway, their cooked-to-order breakfasts will keep you going for a long time!
Big Timber Bakery, Big Timber
If you’re in Big Timber, we suggest stopping at this little gem of a bakery. The cinnamon rolls and doughnuts get rave reviews, but they are also known for their wood-fired pizza with hand-tossed dough.
New Day Bakery, Belgrade
It’s all about the doughnuts at New Day Bakery, including donut sundaes, holiday doughnuts, and giant birthday doughnuts. But, don’t worry; if doughnuts aren’t your thing, their selection of pastries, cookies, and desserts is equally impressive.
Vienne Bakery, Pâtisserie, and Café, Bozeman
This French-inspired bakery turns out beautiful bread, pastries, and sweet desserts. Watch for their signature pears, white chocolate shells filled with delicious cream, and pear compote. You won’t find anything else like it.
Check out The Great Yellowstone Country Ice Cream Tour for more sweet treats!